4 Sep 2014
Poverty and inequality are on the increase in the Pacific according to a report released by the UN Development Programme (UNDP). The “State of Human Development in the Pacific” report reveals that one in four people on twelve Pacific Ocean islands are living below the poverty line. The findings have been released on the margins of the Small Island Developing States or SIDS conference which is being held in Samoa. Daniel Dickinson asked Haoliang Xu, the UNDP Regional Director for Asia and the Pacific, about poverty across the region.
Sustainable development of SIDs a global litmus test
Through its new Blue Growth Initiative, the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) is helping Small Island Developing States (SIDS) around the world sustainably use their aquatic resources. The goal is to advance food security, improve nutrition, and reduce poverty in vulnerable areas. During this week’s Conference on Small Island Developing States in Samoa, FAO is highlighting the need to improve the management and use of natural resources. Indroyono Soesilo, Director of the Fisheries and Aquaculture Division at FAO, spoke with Sandra Ferrari about the Blue Growth Initiative and why it is crucial for Small Island Developing States.
An ICT project helps people in Vanuatu
The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) is encouraging its Member States to implement projects that promote digital inclusion. The ITU says that successful digital inclusion projects that people implement in one country can serve as practical inspiration for others to carry out similar projects in their own countries. One such project is being implemented in Vanuatu, an island nation located in the South Pacific Ocean. Maximillian Jacobson-Gonzalez of ITU discussed the project with Doreen Lango of the Vanuatu National Provident Fund.
Presenter: Stephanie Coutrix
Production Assistant: Sandra Guy